Review: As befits a label with such a raucous back catalogue, the latest release on Filth On Acid is a noisy, heads-down affair. That's not to suggest that Camelphat and Rebūke have decided to follow a formula, and if anything, the opposite is true. The title track is based on an offbeat rhythm, which is augmented by a wild combination of noisy riffs, dreamy vocals and blistering percussion. The EP also includes a rework by label boss Reinier Zonneveld: while not as distinctive as the title track, its rolling drums and series of dramatic, grungy breakdowns is sure to cause mayhem whenever it's dropped.
Review: Roll out the red carpet as bouncing UK duo Camelphat arrive on Moon Harbour with vocals from Cari Golden. "Freak" sees the pair, still hot from collaborations with Riva Starr and other records on Circus Recordings, turn in an industrial tinged vocal single preaching all matter of seduction and sin to the self-isolating dancers out there. Bossman himself Matthias Tanzmann beefs up the original in a bassline driven, tribal house context with edited vocals for the best of fever dreams! To the club!
Martin Books - "Flitzepulver" (original mix) - (6:35) 128 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 1) - (1:18:53) 124 BPM
Various - "Ibiza 2018 Closing Party" (continuous DJ mix 2) - (1:19:01) 125 BPM
Review: With the same certainty that the leaves will turn brown and fall from the trees, autumn sees the release of Toolroom's closing party album. It's the label's annual state of the (house) nation address and 2018 is no exception. While this year's edition contains a healthy smattering of feel good house - the most impressive exempts being the vocal grooves of Weiss' "Feel My Needs" and Illyus & Barrientos' "MEA" - there are also more adventurous variants on offer. These include Peggy Gou's tweaked acid take on Shakedown's "At Night", the chord heavy Dusky take on KiNK's "Perth" and the cut-up, abstract "Pale Blue Dot" by rising lo-fi house artist Ross From Friends, which demonstrate that this year, Toolroom is thinking outside the box.
Review: Formerly masked duo Camelphat are back with more anthemic main room fodder on new hit "The Solution". Indeed, it is like its name suggests and we can imagine this percussion driven chugger rocking the peak time slot. Second orginal offering "DMT" is a more moody and tunnelling affair for those build-up moments, when the strobelight and smoke machine get turned on. Following up their terrific remix of Fatboy Slim's "Right Here, Right Now" which is being caned everywhere at the moment - it seems this dynamic duo can seriously do no wrong.
Bugged Out (Lawler's Thanks For Harlem remix) - (6:33) 127 BPM
Bugged Out (Skream remix) - (5:39) 121 BPM
Bugged Out (MK remix) - (6:58) 124 BPM
Bugged Out (MK dub) - (6:58) 124 BPM
Bugged Out (instrumental) - (5:49) 121 BPM
Review: Fresh from the success of singles on Relief Records and Elrow Music, Camelphat join forces with fellow London dance music veterans Audio Bullys for a potent outing on Steve Lawler's VIVa Music label. The growling and fuzzy original version, a heavily electronic and atmospheric outing blessed with the Audio Bullys trademark half spoken/half sung vocal, is supplemented by a dizzying array of big name remixes. Steve Lawler leads the line with a sweaty, low-slung and muscular take that makes great use of wobbly sub-bass and jacking machine drums, before Skream reaches for the Brazilian carnival drums on a heavy but melodious rework. MK, meanwhile, eschews the choppy vocal samples and bumping beats he's famous for, instead delivering vocal and dub mixes inspired by woozy deep house.
Review: Dave Whelan and Mike Di Scala aka Camelphat have made their name with releases on Relief and Coyu's Suara, and now take their funky house sound to Lee Foss' recently launched imprint. The title track is a relentless, stab-heavy groove, full of repetitive vocal samples and infectious organ riffs. On "O.M.G.", the pair opt for a tougher sound, with firing percussion and a sleazy, murky bass underpinning a female vocal intoning the track's title that is then filtered repeatedly throughout the arrangement. "Magic Stick" sees Camelphat opt for a more stripped back approach, this time with tonal bleeps and a warm bass providing a backing for a highly suggestive vocal narrative.
Review: British duo Campelphat are back with more fat tech house grooves, this time coutesy of Barcelona's always roaring Suara imprint. Strap yourself in for the peak time energy of lead track "Deets" with its hi-octane arpeggio, furious beats and their MCs rapid fire rhythm just adding to its intensity. "Lizard King" is more of a funked up and rolling affair that's geared for summertime crowds and will appeal to fans of the Gruuv or Saved sound. Finally be prepared for what sounded like the greatest progressive house anthem of all time (that you've never heard yet) on "The System". Some seriously life affirming vibes on this ripper. Hit prediction right here!